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Authentication/Attestation of Documents from the United States for Use in Pakistan

The Government of Pakistan has acceded to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) of 1961 as of 9 March 2023. See Pakistan’s Accession to Apostille Convention (mofa.gov.pk)

The process for authenticating a U.S. state-issued document for use abroad depends on whether the requesting country is party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.  The Convention, to which both Pakistan and the U.S. are party to, abolished the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalization of public documents originating in one Convention country intended for use in another Convention country.

Such documents include birth, death, and marriage certificates, documents executed before a U.S. notary public, and credentials bearing the seal of a college or university.

An authentication or Apostille (meaning ‘certification’) must be obtained from the Secretary of State for the U.S. state in which the documents were originally issued. Please be advised the U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to issue an Apostille or a letter of authentication.

Contact the Secretary of State of the U.S. state in which the state-issued document was issued for further information on the process involved.  For a list of the Secretaries of State, please visit: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=authorities.details&aid=353